Tony Romo Resists Urge To Audible From “Kneel Down” Play to Deep Pass Into Triple Coverage

Updated: December 22, 2013

LANDOVER, MD – Just one week after he controversially changed a 4th quarter running play to a pass, resulting in a game-losing interception, Cowboys QB Tony Romo, at the end of a 24-23 victory over the Redskins, resisted a powerful, last second urge to audible out of his team’s “kneel-down” victory play in favor of a deep pass to a triple-covered Miles Austin down the middle of the field, sources confirmed late Sunday.

Above: Tony Romo surveys the Redskins defense, considers audibilizing to a hail mary, before reluctantly taking a knee. Not pictured: Dez Bryant, who was probably half way back to the team hotel by this point.

Above: Tony Romo surveys the Redskins defense, considers audibilizing to a hail mary, before reluctantly taking a knee. Not pictured: Dez Bryant, who was probably half way back to the team hotel by this point.


“They had all their guys bunched up at the line of scrimmage. It just seemed like we might’ve had a chance to hit them for a big gain,” Romo said, defending the near-play change. “But I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the need to play more conservatively and make better decisions, so I figured I’d stick with the play call from the sideline. Though I’m gonna always be wondering, ‘what-if,’ you know?”


“I think we’re clearly seeing the maturation of Tony Romo,” a beaming Jerry Jones said of his 11th year QB.  “In the past, Tony might have checked out of that ‘victory formation’ to look for a big play downfield.  But now we’re seeing an older, wiser Tony Romo, who’s learned that sometimes it’s okay to just take what the defenses give you. And other times, it’s even better to take a knee in order to 100% guarantee a victory as opposed launching a low percentage, potentially game-losing bomb.”


Added Jones, “I couldn’t be prouder of the choice he made on that particular play.”


The comeback win against Washington puts Dallas in position to win the NFC East with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles next week at AT&T Stadium.


“Honestly, I’m still a little bummed that we didn’t throw in that situation,” Romo said of the kneel down, “But I can’t complain too much.Whenever you’re facing a big 4th quarter play while trying to protect a slim lead, the important thing is that you do NOT run the football. Which we didn’t, so I’m happy. ”

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  1. Anonymous

    December 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    thats ok though , you don;t have to be a star to be in the cowboy show !!!

  2. Anonymous

    December 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    all of you haters just hate the cowboys because win,,,,,

  3. Seth

    December 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    James Does that mean Flacco gets a bigger contract if Stafford plays for the Rams and Romo plays for the Cowboys on sunday? Damn, I don’t think we have the cheddar to cover that…

  4. Anonymous

    December 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    It wasn’t meaningless because we wouldn’t have been in a winner take all if we lost, and to James, Stafford is no better than Romo, he does throw a lot of picks, and he isn’t that clutch

  5. Anonymous

    December 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    AnonS is right you know. These Romo jokes are meaningless if the Cowgirls win.

  6. Wally

    December 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Don’t worry Tony, you won’t have to run that victory formation play next week…

  7. Anonymous

    December 23, 2013 at 7:54 am

    If the Cowboys lost then next week would be meaningless because we would be out.

  8. Anonymous

    December 23, 2013 at 4:27 am

    It wasn’t meaningless for the cowboys.

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  10. AnonS

    December 23, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Romo won this game for 2 reasons:

    1) It was a miracle comeback against a 3-12 team, and even Romo can beat those teams.

    2) It was a meaningless game because next week decides everything. Romo likes to save his fuckups for the biggest, grandest stages, and SNF as the final game of the regular season and the de facto first playoff game is the type of stage he really shines on.

  11. James

    December 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I’m willing to bet on flaccos overpaid contract that stafford and romo got on the others plane and mistakenly played for the others team tonight. Because Romo does NOT play in December without his tears of failure slipping on the ball, fucking up his passes and throwing picks, and stafford does NOT rain INTs like its hurricane sandy. Not that I care though, will hill picked him off like a plump fucking peach! Go Giants!

  12. Anonymous

    December 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    That wasn’t the real Romo out there. The real Romo will be back next week – just in time to give the NFC East to Philly.

  13. Anonymous

    December 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Lol this was great

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